The Role of the Bhagavad-Gita Philosophy in Social Transformation
In this conflicting era of diversity in every activity, how does one keep a calmness that is needed for effective performance? The technological advancement has brought many boons to humanity, but alongside has been the confusion of the options, the diversities, and the competition as well as an increase in the conflicts of humanity, stepped up by an equal measure. The Bhagavad-Gita, or a revered philosophy originated from the Hindus, though over five thousand years ago, has been instrumental in transforming societies of all cultures and religions, into the middle path, and is a tranquil way of handling life’s conflicts, over the millenniums that it has passed through. Can it be an important tool of transformation of individuals and societies today? The article aims at summarizing the teachings into ten pearls of wisdom (fundamental drivers of intellectual capacity or understanding) that may be of use as reference to corporate leaders, organizations and multi-diverse cultured societies into peaceful co-existence. This is a conceptual article born of reflective thinking and discussions with experts in the field. Efforts are being made to obtain the opinions of some of the students, i.e. of the values they obtained from the practices and reflection of this philosophy text and their opinion of this being a simple but effective tool for social transformation.
||Bhagavad-Gita Philosophy, Social Transformation, Tranquility, Pearls of Wisdom, Outcomes
The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp.57-74.
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Head of the Marketing Department, Faculty of Management, Multi Media University, Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia
First Class Chemical engineer with post-graduation from the reputed Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, and doctorate in Management Sciences. Empanelled in the World Bank. Presently heading the Marketing dept. in Multi Media University in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. Has over twenty years of consultancy, training and industrial experience. Advisor to banks and Govt. and Corporates (including SME sector) in India for two decades and assisted companies in project feasibility and rehabilitation studies and monitoring to health through professional management guidance. Was heading the Marketing Dept. of a leading Govt. Institute (PG studies) in Mumbai for over eleven years. Member of expert team in AICTE accreditation (India) for engineering, management, I.T. and pharmacy colleges. Written articles and presented papers locally in Mumbai and in an International conference at Monash campus in Malaysia and QMI at Mumbai. Visiting faculty (for over a decade) to many Institutes in Mumbai (including foreign affiliated ones). Admission panellist for centralized admissions of MBA students in Maharashtra (India). Examiner to many other Universities. Ph.D and M Phil research guide presently guiding five students. Member of many organizations (including spiritual and NGO) and professional bodies. Guided over 200 MBA (PG) students in Mumbai. Was a mentor in the Venture 2000 (of dotcoms) an initiative of Mckinsey in 2000 in India for creating entrepreneurs with ideas and initiatives to millionaires from scratch.
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